Etihad Cargo reinforces commitment to China market with 15 direct passenger and freighter flights per week

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Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has reinforced its commitment to the Chinese market with the introduction of 15 direct passenger and freighter flights per week. Throughout the pandemic, the carrier remained committed to the market with a wide variety of capacity, including reconfigured cargo-only passenger freighters. From July onwards, it will continue to expand operations, focusing exclusively on direct passenger flights and dedicated 777 freighter flights. In addition to cargo capacity on passenger flights, Etihad Cargo also operates Boeing 777-200 freighter flights daily to Shanghai and six times per week to Hng Kong, bringing Read more

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easyJet COO steps down as low-cost carrier continues to cancel numerous flights

Peter Bellew, Chief Executive Officer at easyJet has resigned with immediate effect as the low-cost carrier’s struggle to operate scheduled flights continues. To date easyJet has cancelled thousands of flights, including on the day of departure, as demand for air travel continues to outstrip the ability of many carriers to rehire staff which had been laid off as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to attracting new staff, a major recruitment problem is the approximate two-week delay while appropriate security checks are carried out before new employees can take up their positions. Trade union Unite last month Read more

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Deutsche Bahn becomes first intermodal partner of Star Alliance

Deutsche Bahn (DB) will become the world's first intermodal partner of ©Star Alliance

As of August 1, Deutsche Bahn (DB) will become the world’s first intermodal partner of Star Alliance. With this, DB and the aviation industry are sending another strong signal for the environment-friendly evolution of the travel industry. Under the new cooperation, DB customers and passengers of Star Alliance member airlines will be able to start or end their long-distance journey comfortably on the climate-friendly train. Germany is the first market and DB is the world’s first partner in the new Star Alliance initiative. An industry-first, Star Alliance’s intermodal partnership model intelligently combines airlines with railway, bus, ferry or any other Read more

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Goshawk delivers first A320 to Avion Express

Avion Express has taken delivery of one Airbus A320 from Goshawk Aviation ©AirTeamImages

Goshawk Aviation, a leading Dublin-based global aircraft lessor, delivered one Airbus A320 aircraft to Avion Express, the Lithuanian ACMI operator headquartered in Vilnius, on June 27. Stephen O’Dwyer, Airline Sales & Marketing EMEA at Goshawk said: “As we commence the European summer season, we are delighted to be delivering this A320 to Avion Express, the first aircraft to be leased to the airline by Goshawk. This activity aligns with the start of a new period of growth for Avion Express and we are pleased to support the airline as it responds to unprecedented demand from its customer base.”

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SR Technics’ Business Development team welcomes Leonard Lump

Leonard Lump

MRO service provider SR Technics has released that Leonard Lump has joined its Business Development team as Vice President for Americas. Lump has over 23 years of experience as an executive in the aerospace and aviation industry having worked in the areas of aerospace design, manufacturing and the aftermarket on both engine and airframes. Most recently he served on the executive team for ITS as Global Vice President of Sales and Product Line, creating the company’s strategy and leading the organisation’s global expansion on airframe and engine component support to airlines. Before joining SR Technics and prior to ITS, Lump worked for Chromalloy as Global Director on its Read more

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Jetfly partners with Ravenair for UK flying

©Jetfly at Fairoaks Airport, Chobham Surrey

Jetfly, a leading fractional ownership and aircraft management company with a 50-strong Pilatus fleet, can now offer its UK members domestic flights aboard a newly re-registered PC-12NG (G-OJFA), thanks to a new partnership with UK PC-12 business aviation operator Ravenair.    Two more Jetfly PC-12s are planned to join Ravenair’s UK Air Operator’s Certificate to realise increased demand for flights from destinations such as Oxford to Cornwall; Fairoaks Airport to Jersey and Goodwood Aerodrome to the Isle of Man, said Jetfly Sales Director UK Jonathan Clough.    From initial conversations last summer, Liverpool-based Ravenair, an experienced Pilatus PC-12 operator since 2015, Read more

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Boeing woes as Airbus secures 300-plane Chinese state airlines’ order

China Southern Airlines is one of three Chinese state-owned airlines to place a 300-airplane order with Airbus ©AirTeamImages

Airbus, the European planemaker, has confirmed that it has secured orders for 300 of its jets from the top-three Chinese state airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines and China Eastern Airlines. Boeing was quick to point to Airbus’ success as a consequence of “constructive dialogue” between Beijing and European governments, while pushing for Chinese and US governments to recommence productive discussions. Airbus, however, chose not to place any credit on political diplomacy, instead crediting the successful order as being down to “strong confidence in Airbus”. Announcing the news almost simultaneously, Air China and China Southern Airlines, said each had agreed Read more

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Vallair and UUDS Group announce Airbus A330-300 E-Class cargo conversion

©Vallair and UUDS Group, in partnership with Regio Lease & Deucalion Aviation, announce their Airbus A330-300 E-Class cargo conversion

Vallair, the mature asset specialist, has unveiled the first ever E-Class wide-body freighter conversion capability at its brand new state-of-the-art mega hangar in Châteauroux, France. Designed to bridge the gap while operators currently wait five years or more for full-freighter-conversion slots, this innovative solution is the result of a joint investment between France-based companies Vallair and UUDS, which is Part 21 certified. Grégoire Lebigot, Founder, President & CEO of Vallair, explains the importance of the programme and what it means for operators, particularly those involved with e-commerce. “Innovation is and has always been integral to Vallair’s DNA. Turning the Airbus A330-300 Read more

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PZL-Świdnik awarded contract for 32 AW149 multirole helicopters for the Polish Armed Forces

AW149 helicopter ©Polish MoD

PZL-Świdnik, the Polish company fully owned by Leonardo, has been awarded a contract by the Polish Ministry of Defence (MoD) worth PLN 8.25 billion (approximately £1.51 billion) ) for the supply of 32 AW149 multirole helicopters. The contract was announced during an official ceremony held at PZL-Świdnik’s facility on July 1, in the presence of representatives of the Polish Government.  In addition, the contract includes logistics, training and simulator packages. The logistics package includes a stock of spares and consumable parts, as well as equipment for the ground handling of the helicopters. The training and simulator package includes comprehensive training Read more

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Turkish Technic and Oman Air sign component pool and advance exchange services agreement

Contract signing between Turkish Technic and Oman Air ©Turkish Technic

Turkish Technic and the national airline of Oman, Oman Air, have signed a comprehensive ten-year component pool and advance exchange contract for the airline’s fleet of Boeing B737 Next Generation and Boeing 737 MAX family. In accordance with the contract, Istanbul-based maintenance, repair and overhaul provider, Turkish Technic, will provide component pool, component maintenance and advance exchange services for Oman Air’s Boeing B737 Next Generation and Boeing B737 MAX family fleet. This multi-year contract will enable Oman Air to benefit from Turkish Technic’s decades of experience in component maintenance.

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